NAACP changes local leadership

The Rev. Kojo Nantambu has resigned as head of the Charlotte chapter of the NAACP after six years, the group announced.

Nantambu said the resignation will afford him more time with his ministry, his family and his position with the group’s state conference. He also said he was taking time off for health reasons.

“I submit my resignation...with a heavy heart but with much pride and lots of love,” Nantambu said in a letter to the agency’s board members. “The right time makes the difference between success and failure.”

The Rev. Corine Mack has been sworn in as his replacement. Mack has been a member of the NAACP for 25 years, and part of the Charlotte branch for the past eight years. Before becoming president, she was community affairs chair for the local branch.

A native of New York City, Mack moved to Charlotte after retiring from the New York City Transit Authority, where she was the first woman to be elected a vice president for rapid transit operations.

Mack, a non denominational ordained minister, said she came to came to Charlotte because one of her three children lives in the community. Mack has five grandchildren and one great grand son.

“I believe in inclusion,” Mack said, noting she would be presenting her vision for the local branch to the board in coming days.

“I believe we as a community have to come together and look beyond race, creed, sexual orientation and economics. I know God is love, and for us to say we’re Christians we have to love everyone of us.”

Nantambu leaves behind an organization that was selected the “2014 Branch of the Year” by the state NAACP. Membership in the local branch grew each of the six years he was president, officials said.